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Definition of descent:

  1. A passing from a higher to a lower tone.
  2. A step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation.
  3. Derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction.
  4. Inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep descent.
  5. Incursion; sudden attack; especially, hostile invasion from sea; - often followed by upon or on; as, to make a descent upon the enemy.
  6. Lowest place; extreme downward place.
  7. Progress downward, as in station, virtue, as in station, virtue, and the like, from a higher to a lower state, from a higher to a lower state, from the more to the less important, from the better to the worse, etc.
  8. That which is descended; descendants; issue.
  9. The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower.
  10. Transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity.


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